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ERIC Number: EJ1176155
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2153-4799
The First of the Firsts: Leadership and Legislation for Bilingual Preschools in Illinois
Hadi-Tabassum, Samina; GutiƩrrez, Idalia
Journal of Multilingual Education Research, v7 Article 13 p75-103 2017
With the rising numbers of bilingual children, particularly young Latinos, in 2010 Illinois was the first state to pass legislation requiring preschool sites that serve 20 or more emergent bilinguals to offer home language instruction. The purpose of this study was to examine the responses of early childhood directors to the changes required by the 2010 policy through an online survey. The results indicate that the directors do not have a background in bilingual education and are mixed philosophically regarding the benefits of bilingualism--highlighting the silo effect between the discipline of bilingual education and early childhood education. Anxiety and frustration toward a state mandated policy initiative are also voiced, along with the offering of immediate solutions to meet the policy requirements for the original deadline in 2014.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois
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